Thailand police ban book by Scottish journalist

Patong beach in southern Thailand. Picture: AP
Patong beach in southern Thailand. Picture: AP
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THAI police have banned imports of a book written by a Scottish journalist because they view it as insulting the country’s monarchy.

The book, A Kingdom In Crisis by Andrew MacGregor Marshall, was released last week by British publishing house Zed Books.

It has contents that might affect national security and order, according to Thai national police chief General Somyot Poompanmoung.

According to the order, those violating the ban will face a maximum jail term of three years or a maximum fine of 60,000 baht (£1,160), or both.

The ban came as a crackdown against anti-royalist campaigners intensifies after a coup earlier this year.

In 2006, Thailand banned imports of a biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej published by Yale University Press.


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